Attorney Douglas B. Dougherty ("Doug") has practiced law for approximately thirty years. He is certified as a Specialist in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. His practice is limited to cases involving divorce, dissolution, and other family law matters.
"Lawsuits and legal problems are frequently difficult. However, a good lawyer can make a huge difference."
"A good lawyer is a strong advocate for his or her client and a good person. I treat everyone with respect and courtesy. This includes my clients, the opposing parties, and the opposing attorneys."
"I work very hard to settle all of my cases without a trial. I probably settle approximately 95% of my cases. Regarding the cases that must go to trial, I work extremely hard to achieve a good result at a reasonable cost for my client."
Attorney Dougherty has argued and won in the Supreme Court of Ohio and in numerous Ohio courts of appeal. He has handled thousands of family law cases. He has successfully represented clients at trials and hearings in many counties throughout the State of Ohio.
Doug's skills have been recognized by judges and other attorneys. In a private peer review survey, conducted by the nation's leading lawyer ranking organization (LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell), Doug has repeatedly received the highest possible ranking regarding his knowledge of the law and his legal ethics. He has also repeatedly been named one of "Ohio's Top Lawyers" by Columbus CEO magazine and as a "Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.
He has written articles and given presentations for the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Columbus Legal Aid Society, and many other organizations. He is a frequent speaker at seminars for lawyers and non-lawyers. He has spoken and written on numerous family law topics. His articles and presentations are listed below.
Attorney Dougherty served as the Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. As the chairman, he was responsible for various lawyer education projects. He was recognized as the Columbus Bar Association's outstanding committee chairman and was given the President's Award for his "outstanding leadership" abilities.
Doug is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Columbus Bar Association.
In addition to working as an attorney, Doug also works as a mediator. His mediation practice is limited to family law matters. As a mediator, he works with both parties to reach a quick and fair agreement and to avoid unnecessary expenses and litigation.
Doug also works as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases involving family law matters. As an expert witness, Doug has worked for private parties and for a professional liability insurance company.
Attorney Dougherty began his career as a legal aid attorney. He has continued to help the less fortunate by volunteering his services to assist the Ohio Poverty Law Center, the Columbus Legal Aid Society, and various private organizations.
He has appeared on various television and radio programs to discuss family law issues. He recently was a guest on the National Public Radio program "On Point." His topic was "The Revolution in Alimony and Spousal Support Law."
Doug is married and has two sons. He is a lifelong resident of Upper Arlington, Ohio. He enjoys reading and various sports including scuba diving and snow skiing.
Areas of Practice
Certified Legal Specialties
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1980
Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
J.D. - 1980
Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team
Honors: Dean's List (Various Semesters)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
B.A. - 1977
Honors: Member, National Debate Team
Honors: Dean's List (Various Quarters)
Major: Arts and Sciences
Super Lawyer, Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 to Present
Ohio's Top Lawyers, Columbus CEO magazine, 2010 to Present
President's Award Committee Chairperson, Columbus Bar Association, 2006
American Bar Association, Member
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Columbus Bar Association, Member
Columbus Bar Association, Chairman, Family Law Committee, 2004 - 2006
Douglas B. Dougherty and Associates, Principal Attorney, 1985 - 2005
Robert C. Paxton and Associates, Associate Attorney, 1982 - 1984
Ohio State Legal Services Association, Staff Attorney, 1980 - 1982
Interfaith Legal Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, provided free legal information and legal advice to low-income clients
Ohio Poverty Law Center, Instructor, taught course regarding family law issues
Columbus Legal Aid Society, Author and Instructor, created materials and taught course regarding family law issues
Columbus Bar Association, Member, Committee on Pro Bono Representation
Center for New Directions, Author and Instructor, created materials and taught courses regarding family law issues
Mediation - In Matters Involving Divorce, Dissolution, and other Family Law Issues
Expert Witness - In Matters Involving Divorce, Dissolution, and other Family Law Issues